By Kathy Wray Coleman, publisher, editor-n-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper (www.clevelandurbannews.com)
CLEVELAND,Ohio-The Imperial Women, Black on Black Crime, The People's Forum, The Carl Stokes Brigade, The Cleveland African American Museum, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Ohio Communities United, Revolution Books, The Oppressed People's Nation, other community activist groups and attorneys and family members of 137-bullets unarmed Black shooting victims Malissa Williams, 30, and Timothy Ray Russell, 43, will hold a press conference on Monday, February 11 at 7 pm in front of the University Circle United Methodist Church, 1919 E. 107th St at Chester Ave in Cleveland. The groups will gather in unison before attending the regular Cleveland NAACP meeting at 7:30 pm to seek help from the Civil Rights organization. For more information call the Cleveland NAACP at 216-231-6260 or the Imperial Women at 216-659-0473.
The groups invite the NAACP to acknowledge the report on the deadly shooting released last week by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine that systemic problems or racism and other intrinsic failures exist in the Cleveland Police Department and that those systemic ills must be addressed to enhance Black and other communities of greater Cleveland. And, among other requests, they want a coalition of community organizations to come together to improve public safety, one driven by the grassroots working in cooperation with other community groups and Black elected official for systemic change.
Several of those attending the press conference are paid members of the Cleveland NAACP. Other community issues in addition to the unprecedented shooting will be addressed also.
Other speakers to date for the press conference include Cleveland African-American Museum Executive Director Frances Caldwell, Family Connection Center Leader Prisscilla Cooper, The People's Forum Leader Don Bryant, Revolution Books Representative Bill Swain, Imperial Women Leader Kathy Wray Coleman, Cleveland Ward 6 Committeeman John Boyd, Cleveland Chapter Black Panther Member and Black on Black Crime Member Denise Taylor, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor Affiliate Valerie Robinson, Community Activist Dr. Stewart Robinson, Black on Black Crime Founder Art McKoy, Cleveland Entrepreneur Michael Nelson, Community Activists Mariah Crenshaw, Maliciously Prosecuted Legal System Victim Betty Simpson Victim Betty Simpson, and Black on Black Crime Inc. Vice President Al Porter.
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